Phillip Noyce to Direct Edwin A. Salt

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Phillip Noyce is negotiating to direct Edwin A. Salt, the Kurt Wimmer-scripted drama that Columbia Pictures has been developing as a star vehicle for Tom Cruise, reports Variety.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash are producing.

The Australian helmer and Cruise had been mentioned as possible participants in the Warner Bros. drama The 28th Amendment, but recently their focus shifted to “Salt.” The drama casts Cruise as a CIA officer who’s accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy. He must elude capture long enough to clear his name.

Though he hasn’t firmly committed, Cruise has stayed with the film as Wimmer wrote drafts for directors Terry George and then Peter Berg before each ankled.

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